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Thoughts on the Fourth

Mike G | Jul 4, 2002 10:12 PM

So there I was listening to something on the radio talking about September 11th, and thinking about the possibility that it might happen again today... and noshing on baba ghanoush and pita. In other words, the food of those who attacked us.

Is it wrong to do so? Or is it wrong to attribute political meaning to food? I guess, in the end, I think it is one of our strengths, that we can be so angry about what one aspect of a culture has done to us, and yet savor and frankly respect another part of that culture, the part that is convivial and universal and celebrates life, not death, and passes the pita (if not the wine).

People attack America (generally not with jet planes, just words) for spreading bland flavorless food around the world, and there's something to that. But surely it is one of our virtues, and our strength, how open we are to other cultures and cuisines-- and to people who come here and open restaurants with their native cuisines.

But then, I'd like to see "under God" in the Pledge replaced with "and a side of hummus." ...

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